Founding Father Elias Boudinot on the Demise of a People


“Good government generally begins in the family,
and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.”

Elias Boudinot (1740 – 1821)

Elias Boudinot is one of many of America’s forgotten “founding fathers”. He served as President of the Continental Congress (1782 -1783), the Director of the United States Mint (1795 – 1805), was the first lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court bar, was a trustee of Princeton University, founded the American Bible Society (which is still with us), and supported missions and missionary work.

Boudinot of New Jersey of Huguenot descent,was a devout Presbyterian, who wrote the tract “The Age of Revelation” in response to Thomas Paine’s “The Age of Reason”.

His tract “The Age of Revelation” can be found here


As we look at the American landscape today we can see beyond a shadow of a doubt that Boudino’s words have proved true.

Yet, his words also tell us that if the demise of a people originates in “the government of the family” and it’s “moral character”, then certainly the converse is true as well. We must remember that the key to rebuilding the “moral character” of a people, begins in the same place, in the home and with “the government of the family”.


4 Responses

  1. Why is modern education in america so good at destroying it’s Christian foundation. I.E.
    John Adams and John Hancock, April 18, 1775 “We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus.

    (wanted to go to princeton to study the bible but decided to go into law, which did not require extensive education at the time) Elias Boudinot- “Be religiously careful in our choice of public officers. . .(in depth of why) . . . and judge the tree by its fruits”(selfless deeds)

    In Benjamin Franklin’s 1749 plan of education for public schools in pennsylvania, he insisted that schools teach “The excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.”

    It’s like we praise what our founding fathers did themselves but disregard anything they held dearly like, oh I don’t know… God, Jesus and the holy bible?
    Please you have my email, enlighten me as to why man is so bent on forsaking God almighty.

  2. And one last thing, Credible sources are next to impossible because true hard copies (books) are going extinct and the internet has become one giant human opinion, so everybody forgets the history of 200 years ago and just sort of forgets anything Christian about it. Kind of bad.

  3. Thanks for stopping by Walter…

    Credible sources in the original documents still exist in Museums, College Libraries, and in Personal Collections.

    The problem isn’t forgetting so much in my opinion but historiography – A deliberate re-education effort by the enemies of Christianity who captured the American public school system over the last 50-100 years and pushed their revisionist history and historical ignorance on the last few generations:

    I do have hope though – The internet is re-teaching a new generation its historical heritage and is spreading information in ways unheard of in the past, think of the power of a search engine like Google to give easy fast access to information at the touch of the fingers.

    Homeschooling is also raising up a generation of young people who know their heritage and will pass it along to their generation and to their children.

  4. yes this is a very important issue for me. thanks for your posts!

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